Elections and Voter Information

California Election Deadlines

Election DateVoter RegistrationVote-by-Mail
Ballot Request
Completed Ballots,
Including Vote-by-Mail Ballots
March 17, 2015, State Senate District 7, Special Primary Election

March 17, 2015, State Senate District 21, Special Primary Election

March 17, 2015, State Senate District 37, Special Primary Election

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Online or Postmark by
March 2, 2015
Must arrive by
March 10, 2015
Personally delivered ballots: Must be delivered
by close of polls on March 17,2015;
Mailed ballots: Must be postmarked on or before
March 17, 2015, and received by your county
elections office no later than March 20, 2015.
June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary Election

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Online or Postmark by
May 23, 2016
Must arrive by
May 31, 2016
Personally delivered ballots: Must be delivered
by close of polls on June 7, 2016;
Mailed ballots: Must be postmarked on or before
June 7, 2016, and received by your county
elections office no later than June 10, 2016.

About the Elections Division

The Elections Division oversees all federal and state elections within California. In every statewide election, California prepares voter information pamphlets in ten languages — English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese — for nearly 16 million registered voters. As the chief elections officer for the largest state in the nation, the California Secretary of State tests and certifies all voting equipment for security, accuracy, reliability and accessibility in order to ensure that every vote is counted as it was cast. The Secretary also ensures election laws and campaign disclosure requirements are enforced, maintains a statewide database of all registered voters, certifies the official lists of candidates for elections, tracks and certifies ballot initiatives, compiles election returns and certifies election results, educates California citizens about their voting rights, and promotes voter registration and participation.

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